Landmarks of La Paz, La Paz (Self Guided)

La Paz has a large number of monuments, plaques, water fountains and busts distributed along the main streets of the city, roundabouts and squares. The figures in bronze, marble, stone or other materials, which are placed in plazas, avenues, streets and sometimes in the most improbable corners, can be viewed or photographed at anytime, despite the time of year. A few of the top landmarks of La Paz worth visiting are:
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Landmarks of La Paz Map

Guide Name: Landmarks of La Paz
Guide Location: Bolivia » La Paz (See other walking tours in La Paz)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Author: valery
Pedro Domingo Murillo Memorial Plaque

1) Pedro Domingo Murillo Memorial Plaque

The present memorial plaque commemorates the revolt which was on July 16, 1809 against the Governor General of the Viceroyalty of the Rio de la Plata and it proclaims independence. In the autumn of the same year, troops loyal to the Spanish Crown concentrated near La Paz, and this is when many differences arose amongst the revolutionaries. As a result, some of them retired to the Yungas Valley, where shortly after, they were destroyed in a fierce battle. In December, Murillo was captured in the Zongo Valley - some miles away from La Paz.
Fuente de Berenguela

2) Fuente de Berenguela

In the late 19th century, the Plaza de Armas, also called the Market Square and, later, the Plaza 16 de Julio, was graced with a beautiful water fountain. Between 1890 and 1909 it was renovated, along with other sites and monuments of the city. It was called Fountain of Berengaria, after a man who went on a pilgrimage to various parts of the city. According to other sources from Neptune's Grotto of Lourdes, he arrived at the Paseo de la Alameda and finished his pilgrimage at the mound Sopocachi, where the fountain is situated today.
Monumento a Gualberto Villaroel (1910-1946)

3) Monumento a Gualberto Villaroel (1910-1946)

Gualberto Villaroel ruled Bolivia from 1943 to 1946. He was a politician with nationalistic tendencies and convictions, and a close associate of the Argentine leader Juan Peron. In 1946, a mob instigated by his opponents, made entrance to the presidential palace and then killed Villaroel. His lifeless body was hung from a lamppost near the entrance of the Palace. His monument is located in the Plaza Murillo.
El busto de Simón Bolívar

4) El busto de Simón Bolívar

In the Plaza Murillo is another bust of the Liberator Simón Bolívar. General Simón Bolívar, the Liberator, struggled to liberate New Granada, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Upper Peru. During his arduous journey he collaborated with a Bolivian military group, which believed in his ideals, and that group was called La Gran Colombia. This group later identified itself with the hero and despite some former hostilities, he became the general of Bolivia.
Monumento a la Madre Patria

5) Monumento a la Madre Patria

The Monumento La Madre Patria is also known as the symbol of the country. This bronze monument was made in 1901 by the famous French sculptor, Henry Allouard. It measures three meters high and its unusual style features the metal figure of a woman who wears a crown of laurel on her head. Laurel is the symbol of victory. She holds a sword in her hand, Currently, it is located in the middle of the water fountain which is in front of the Monje Campero cinema.
Cristóforo Colombo

6) Cristóforo Colombo

The monument of Cristoforo Colombo (Christopher Columbus), which stands in the heart of El Prado, is a work by the Italian Giuseppe Graciosa. On the white Carrara marble pedestal, which is about three meters high, passers-by can see Cristoforo Columbus holding a map and a rudder of the ship that brought him to the shores of the New World. He stands as a mute witness to the intense activity along La Paz’s main artery.

Walking Tours in La Paz, Bolivia

Create Your Own Walk in La Paz

Create Your Own Walk in La Paz

Creating your own self-guided walk in La Paz is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums Self-Guided Tour

Museums Self-Guided Tour

La Paz has many great museums, of which Coca Museum is undoubtedly one of the main tourist attractions. Other museums are smaller, but well set-up and visitors can spend there many hours walking through the impressive display of Bolivian culture. The Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos has a large exhibit of antique textiles. Here are these and other museums in La Paz that you might like to...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Set amid the Andes over 3,500 m above sea level, La Paz is the most elevated capital in the world. Complementing the city's dramatic setting is the large number of historic, cultural and architectural attractions. This orientation walk comprises several landmarks dating back to the colonial era, such as the Metropolitan Cathedral and Plaza Murillo, the city's unique Witches' Market,...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Top Shopping Locations in La Paz

Top Shopping Locations in La Paz

Shopping in La Paz is as easygoing as many other things that you may do in this historic city. Walk through the stalls, which are located in various areas of it, or visit the many shops in the heart of the city. On the paved streets of Calle Linares, Mercado de Las Brujas, or the Witches Market, you'll find Bolivian food, ethnic items, and many other things of interest. Don't miss the...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Sightseeing Tour in La Paz

Sightseeing Tour in La Paz

There are a lot of things to see and do in this wonderful South American city. Various museums, churches and other impressive old and cultural tourist attractions, both restored and untouched, wait to be seen. You can stroll through restored colonial buildings, museums, an old cemetery, and much more. We will point out a few of the many attractions you may visit in La Paz.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Museums in San Sebastian

Museums in San Sebastian

La Paz offers tourists many cultural opportunities. This current tour is dedicated to museums in San Sebastian area of La Paz, located on small, charming streets, full of historic architecture, all within a pleasant walking distance:

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 km
Walking Tour of La Paz's Historic & Contemporary Buildings

Walking Tour of La Paz's Historic & Contemporary Buildings

Contemporary skyscrapers and unique historic buildings are just an example of what one may discover on this walking tour of La Paz. Below is the list of some of the architectural jewels of the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in La Paz for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best La Paz has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as La Paz, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.